Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Last American Manufacturer of Mouth-blown Sheet Glass to Close Doors!

Perserverance is a Blenko family trait. Also a trait of the Blenko Glass Company. Blenko has persevered through four generations , its been counted 'down and almost out' many times in the 23 years I've been living - but I'm fearful this is the end. Without a miracle, or some magnificent plan (that I know nothing about) - I can't imagine Blenko will reopen. It is a sad day. We are loosing the only manufacturer in Cabell County , the main attraction in Milton, West Virginia, 50-60 families are loosing their jobs, for many the only job they have ever known.

My own mind is riddled with the information. Knowing how deep Mr. WH Blenko Jr. feels for Milton, the workers, and the factory, one of my prayers had always been that he would at age 80+ never see Blenko close.

The finances are shut down, and the picture is bleak, but until we hear the final words of closure Blenko - The Blenko Glass Company remains as the only American manufacturer of mouth-blown sheet glass. Are we ready to see another American manufacturer - a local WVa manufacturer close? I know nothing of government interventions etc. but . . . .there should be something someone can suggest.


Katie Trippe sent the following information! I think this means the Visitors Center is open now and will be selling the GLASS that has been made. No new glass is being made. The furnaces are shut down. This is very serious situation. (304 743 9081. )
Blenko Glass Company, Inc.
P.O. Box 67
Milton, WV 25541
January 30, 2009
For Immediate Release
Blenko Glass Company announced today that it is shutting down production and is discussing with its counsel whether it should consider filing for bankruptcy. The Blenko Visitor’s Center will continue to remain open. The Milton based manufacturer of hand made glass was sued by Big Two Mile, its former gas supplier, four years ago because of a disagreement about the payments due for gas used at the factory. A court found in favor of Big Two Mile and entered a judgment against Blenko for more than $500,000 in September of 2005. Several proposals for settlement of the case were made by Blenko; none of the proposals was accepted.
Over the past three years members of the Blenko Family were in contact with members of the Maier Family who are the owners of Big Two Mile. Blenko was led to understand that Big Two Mile would not take steps to shut down Blenko. Relying on those assurances Walter Blenko of Pittsburgh PA and Don Blenko of Wellesley MA invested more than 2 million dollars in Blenko in an effort to return the company to profitability. In recent months the company’s losses had been reduced and Blenko management was looking forward to seeing a positive cash flow in the company’s operations.
On January 15, 2009, Big Two Mile took steps to seize “all amounts, deposits, and moneys” in the Blenko Glass bank accounts including its payroll and withholding accounts. Blenko first learned of Big Two Mile’s action on January 23, when Blenko’s bank reported that the bank accounts had been emptied.
Blenko had issued a check on that day to pay for gas that it used in its glass making furnaces. When Blenko learned its funds had been seized it was able to recover the check which was already in the mail. Because of nonpayment Blenko’s gas supplier has refused to supply gas for the glass making process after January 31, 2009. Blenko has therefore shut down its furnaces and some of them will be destroyed due to the loss of heat.
Blenko employs approximately 50 employees. Walter Blenko, President of Blenko Glass, said “I want to thank and pay tribute to the many loyal employees of Blenko Glass who worked diligently and faithfully against bad economic conditions to keep the company operating and producing world renowned Blenko Glass up until the last day.”
For further information please contact: Walter Blenko, President, or Katie Trippe, Assistant Vice President, at (304) 743-9081.

Blenko Stopping Production

Read the story in the Huntington Herald or your local paper.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Blenko's Most Wanted? Retired Blenko Craftsmen

Where Are They Now? - Retired Blenko Workers
The BLENKO PROJECT NEEDS YOUR HELP! We 're looking for retired Blenko Craftsmen. We want to add their photos, and their stories to our Blenkoproject - history of the craftsman. I know some of these gentlemen have passed on, but perhaps a family member will have photos, and be willing to share the story. We want to include as many workers as possible, I have a short list - I'm certain there are many others - please add any name you remember - even if you don't know the address. We'll keep searching! If your name is on this list, or you see your neighbors name, ask him to write or phone, perhaps he'll want to tell you about his time at Blenko Glass. We'd like to share photos of glass collections, old photos of glass once made and long forgotten. Factory photos. Whatever. Documenting the history of the Glass factory worker is the goal. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated by the readers of this blog, and perhaps by children doing research on West Virginia Glass years from now. If you don't have a computer I can provide you with a post office box address for mailing. Do you all have photos, postcards, snap shots, or any documentation or addresses phone numbers Etc forthe families of
Peral Lemly Bill Bailey Connie Blake John Worst Clayton Lunsford Raymond Lewis Clarel Chapman Jessie Carpenter Red Powers Jarfly Richmond
Also if you can add to this list of talentedretired workers I would greatly appreciate this.We want to give these gentlemen along with Mr Les . Womack ( I have his address) their own page on the www.blenkoproject.org IF we can get enough photos for them and their glass and their time at Blenko. If you are a family member, a friend or neighbor ask these gentlemen or their families to contact us. 304 437 4647 The Blenko Project - leave a message or better yet Email us. Thank youHillarytheblenkoproject@aol.comwww.blenkoproject.orghttp://media.herald-dispatch.com

Wissmach Glass Company

Another Glass Company my Dad and I visited monthly when I was growing up was Wissmach. I knew at least a half dozen of the men at Wissmach by first name or nickname. Frequently they would gift me a box of small pieces of colorful glass. Glass at the time was .50 cents a pound. These Saturday trips to Wissmach were great adventures, spending time with the men who made the glass, then having tea in the office with the ladies, and later having lunch at one of the little restaurants in the outskirts of town. Life was simple, pleasures were found in everything, and joys were abudant. Wissmach continues to produce fine glass. The number of workers has decreased. The town is much smaller. The price of scrape glass has greatly increased. The men I knew (except for one) are retired. With their permission I'm reprinting the history of Wissmach. Later I'll do photos of the Company and its product. Another West Virginia Glass Company. Don Lemley http://www.blenkoglass.com/ I think would agree with me, that Wissmach & Blenko are the BEST glass for stain glass Artist.

The History of Wissmach Glass Company

A century ago, on October 13, 1904 the Ohio Valley Glass Company was founded by Paul Wissmach. The company originally manufactured raised glass letters, wire glass and tubing. But Mr. Wissmach had a dream to create beautiful colored rolled sheet glass to inspire stained glass work, today his dream has been built into the manufacturer of the largest variety of colored rolled sheet glass in the world.
The year 1910 marked an important date in the company's history as it changed its name to The Paul Wissmach Glass Company, Inc. Mr. Wissmach's dream had finally been realized.
Wissmach Glass has not been without its share of hardships. A fire in 1927 completely destroyed vital manufacturing and warehouse facilities. The fire turned out to be a blessing-in-disguise as the company quickly recovered with new and larger buildings.

The increased factory area led the company to expand its interest into the field of manufacturing raised white opal letters. The letters were widely used in electrical signs of which theater marquee sales made up the largest volume. The glass letter market eventually gave way to plastics. During the same period of the late 1920's and 1930's, Wissmach Glass continued to manufacture patterned wire glass and also introduced its line of Neo-Flash - the only rolled flashed glass in the country. Neo-Flash was designed and widely-used in the lighting field.
Both Neo-Flash and wire glass were dropped from the line in the early 1960's as company officials decided to concentrate on producing the finest colored rolled sheet glass. Today, over 13,000 square feet of glass is produced in Wissmach's manufacturing facility each day. On average, eight to ten different color runs of glass are made daily.

Throughout the years, Wissmach Glass has built an inventory that includes over 3,000 colors, tints and patterns. While preserving the many traditional colors and mixes of the past, Wissmach constantly introduces new colors and types of glass to meet the demands of the artists of today and the artists of tomorrow.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I-79 Weston Exit - WV Museum of Glass & Applachain Glass

Looking for a day trip ? Let me recommend Appalachian Glass in Weston. Chip Turner and his family - his father retired from Louie Glass and Chip's desire is to make certain the the History of Glass Art in Weston doesn't die. Chip does daily demonstrations of glassblowing. A store is filled with glass art and West Virginia crafts. Down the road a couple of miles in
Weston is the location of the WV Museum of American Glass . The museum is one of my favorite day trips. However, children of all ages will enjoy
Appalachian Glass Products & Services which Specializing in mouth blown Friendship balls, Animals, fruits, Paper weights Christmas ornaments and many much more! Appalachian Glass Products & Services LLC. Produces a multitude of unique crystal creations in their studio nestled in the scenic hills of West Virginia. The studio is open free to the public. Appalachian Glass also maintains "Appalachian Glass and Gifts" which features an assortment of West Virginia products including: mouth-blown glass, stained glass, candles, pottery, quilts, paintings, woodcrafts, jellies, jams and WV books. Located off I-79, exit 99, 33W toward Weston, Big Red Building on Right Open: Mon. through Fri. 9:30 to 5:00 Sat. 10:00 to 4:00499 US Highway 33 EastWeston, WV 26452.Phone: (304) 269-1030Fax: 1 (304) 269-0180 Contact Person: Chip TurnerE-mail: sales@appglass.comWeb Address: http://www.wvtourism.com/textlinktracker.aspx?URL=www.appglass.com

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Dental Match - Ohio State University GRP

Several bits of good news this week. National Board scores (written exam) arrived - I passed. This is good. Also the Dental Match arrived and I was matched with my #1 Choice OSU. I'll be a Dental Resident at OSU beginning in July.
The Ohio State UniversityCollege of Dentistry Postle Hall305 West 12th AvenuePO Box 182357Columbus, OHIO. Note: Both WVU and OHIO STATE have female Deans. (only 11 of the 56 dental schools have or have had female deans).
Photo: Myself with my 2 of my Uncles (Barry and Gale).

Happy Birthday Steve Rowe

Steve Rowe is the Web Master for http://www.blenkoproject.org/ . Steve Rowe is responsible for most all research (smile) or things taken from the web and used on this blog. Steve Rowe over the last 5 years has become The Knight In Shining Amour to the Blenko Project and Heart of Glass.
Steve has worked without funds since the Foundation funding ended (2005). Steve doesn't collect Blenko or WV Glass. He is the father of 2 children, he is a musician, a small business owner, a computer guru, and well to find other factoids I suggest you use google there is a page or two devoted to Steve Rowe. Happy Birthday Steve. Oh! and when I have money, I'll take you for lunch on your next birthday and I'll offer you some money for the blenko project. This year...well my dear friend. . The Birthday Card is in the mail! I wish you the happiest of Birthdays and I know 2009 is going to be a great year for you and your darling daughters.
Everyone at Heart of Glass wishes you a Happy Birthday!

I'm Driving to Morgantown and There's a Blizzard Coming?

This photo is most appropriate for today!

When folks ask us questions about collecting glass we offer only one piece of advice -- Collect the pieces that make you smile.
Attached is a picture of snowmen coming to grips with their fate.

For note: The 3 standing snowmen are Blenko from various years and the melting snowman is from Dave Osburn (my favorite).

Tim & Linda
Kissin Kate's Antiques LLC

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Texas Trade Center Photos From Larry (Part II)

Part II of the Texas Photos from Larry. Blenko Glass and a photo of Katie T from Blenko who was in Texas representing BLENKO GLASS. Larry, After some time I've discovered the problem is Blogger will not allow a photo with # in the name to upload. DUH I'm so clueless. hjh

Monday, January 26, 2009

Where Are They Now? - Retired Blenko Workers

The BLENKO PROJECT NEEDS YOUR HELP! We 're looking for retired Blenko Craftsmen. We want to add their photos, and their stories to our Blenkoproject - history of the craftsman. I know some of these gentlemen have passed on, but perhaps a family member will have photos, and be willing to share the story. We want to include as many workers as possible, I have a short list - I'm certain there are many others - please add any name you remember - even if you don't know the address. We'll keep searching!
If your name is on this list, or you see your neighbors name, ask him to write or phone, perhaps he'll want to tell you about his time at Blenko Glass. We'd like to share photos of glass collections, old photos of glass once made and long forgotten. Factory photos. Whatever.
Documenting the history of the Glass factory worker is the goal. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated by the readers of this blog, and perhaps by children doing research on West Virginia Glass years from now. If you don't have a computer I can provide you with a post office box address for mailing.
Do you all have photos, postcards, snap shots, or any documentation or addresses phone numbers Etc for
the families of
Peral Lemly
Bill Bailey
Connie Blake
John Worst
Clayton Lunsford
Raymond Lewis
Clarel Chapman
Jessie Carpenter
Red Powers
Jarfly Richmond

Also if you can add to this list of talented
retired workers I would greatly appreciate this.
We want to give these gentlemen along with Mr Les . Womack ( I have his address) their own page on the www.blenkoproject.org IF we can get enough photos for them and their glass and their time at Blenko. If you are a family member, a friend or neighbor ask these gentlemen or their families to contact us. 304 437 4647 The Blenko Project - leave a message or better yet Email us.
Thank you

Vintage Wheeling WVa Glass

Where to find that VINTAGE glass? If you can't get out or don't have the time to get out, or the money to just hire someone to find the item? EBAY seems to be one answer. This Vintage Wheeling Glass item is currently on Ebay for a very reasonable price. While I promote buying locally - check out Ebay. Look for local sellers, and ask your friends who is a reliable seller.
Description provided by seller follows:

Full Water Set (7 pieces) from the collectible line that Weishar Enterprises introduced in 1993. The collectible lines were made from the original moulds and only slightly altered to include the Weishar signature. The signature is that of the late Joseph J. Weishar (the creator of the moon and star glass you have come to love and collect over the years.
This set includes the pitcher and 6 water or tea glasses. It is in Mint condition. PERFECT! Pitcher is about 8 1/4" tall at highest point. The glasses stand about 5 1/2" tall.
I have spoke with a person from Weishar Enterprises this week and was told that this water set is called the Apple Green Opal Water Set ... Produced in 1996 ... There were only 53 total of these sets made. Very Very Limited Addition. He also let me know that they were selling for over $500.00 10 years ago. I was told that to get another or run across another one of these, chances would be 0 to none. I was very fortunate to find this at a local estate sale. It is absolutely Gorgeous and my camera could not catch all its beauty. The opalescence is just lovely.
FYI: The moon and star design (also known as "the palace" is a Victorian Pattern which was first introduced in the 1800's. The pattern was very popular, but due to the heaviness of the glass, transporting it by stagecoach was difficult and not practical. The pattern was produced only for a short time. It was actually President Abraham Lincoln's favorite piece and was collected by the late Kate Smith. In the 1960's approximate ten of the original pieces were reproduced by Joseph J. Weishar of Wheeling, West Virginia. The Moon & Star design was incorporated into thirty to forty new items which were sold nationwide for several years. In 1988, Weishar Enterprises introduced half-scale miniatures of both the Victorian and later contemporary pieces. 1993 the collectible line was introduced (made in full size). That is where this set comes from.....

Great West Virginia Glass

I was aware of Seneca Glass, Louie Glass, Fostoria, Wheeling Glass and a few of the Northern Companies. My Gdad was a Regional Manager for Continental Glass before my birth - however, this reader is correct. I haven't promoted these lovely glass wares. I haven't gone to this study group. I will begin to attend. I will start to ask for photo of ALL WEST VIRGINIA GLASS or Glass made by ANY West Virginia Craftsman. This comes at a good time. Blenko Glass has so busy of late, getting photos and info to me has been a chore for them. This will take some burden off the girls in the office at Blenko. Please if you collect any West Virginia Glass feel free to add your 2 cents worth - or pass along the blog to your friends. Beginning soon, we will start to include all West Virginia Glass. If you have photos of Seneca Glass that was used in the White House - I'd love to post those photos! hjh
Being a student at West Virginia University means living in the Northern Panhandle and learning about our glass history, have you? If not may I invite you to our glass group or to the museum?
We have a very serious group of glass collector and we study weekly to learn and grow.
The glass made in Morgantown was excellent, I think you will find once you study this glass no other West Virginia Glass can compare. The quality was excellent. Fine tableware was made. It was used in the homes of presidents, senators, emperors world wide. As you young people say 'check us out' and then add us to your list of glass to write and brag about, we also photograph well.

Sunday, January 25, 2009



Save an extra 10% on your glassware purchase. Enter the code "Winter09" during checkout to receive your discount. Discount will be taken on the glassware total. This is a great time to order gifts for family and friends. This offer is valid until February 28, 2009.


BLENKO http://www.blenkoglass.com/ Glass makes a large number of collegiate items the number of schools increases almost daily.
Check out the website - if your school isn't listed....send them an email or better yet - contact your school and ask them. Why can't I buy a BLENKO GLASS decanter with my college logo?
Why can't I get a snack bowl etc from Blenko glass?
My favorite of all the Blenko Glass collegiate items is the decanters - at $140 or $160 if you get them engraved with your name (the recipients name etc.) - the decanter would make the most perfect gift for someone finishing a terminal degree. Or as a gift for a newly wed. A gift for your Realtor, your lawyer, that someone who already has most everything!
The decanter looks like it cost a lot more than $140 and hey I'll certainly keep the low price our secret.
Order your Collegiate Decanter today! Available for many school but most beautiful in BLUE AND GOLD!

Capicorn Birthday - Happy Birthday Em and Tif

Saturday after Give A Kid A Smile - I drove back to Morgantown for 2 Birthday Celebrations an evening of sushi and cover bands with my Em and Company and I'll today Celebrate the Birthday of my friend Tiffany with her husband, her family and a small group of Dent friends. I was thinking of how both these women are strong, both are very talented in domestic skills (they sew and cooks and know to to fix things), perhaps there is something to this birth sign study.
Webmaster Steve provided me with this over view of Capricorn. The birth sign for Tif and Em.
Neither have married younger or older men. Tif is married and Em is in a long term relationship both aver very motivated to succeed, both are gifted, strongly organized, both get on well with others, both are leaders, Both are successful in their chosen area of study and in life. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LADIES.
Saturn rules the practical sign of Capricorn and controls the month of January. You are strongly motivated to succeed and gain a position of power in your life. You are gifted with computers and you possess strong organizational principles. More than any other sign of the Zodiac you strive for respect and accomplishment in your career. Saturn is a karmic planet and rules your life, thus you must avoid nurturing depressing thoughts. The part of God in you is much stronger than the stars you inherited, and you do have power over the universal mind.You were born in the middle of the winter when nature was asleep. You must have realized early on, that nothing would come easily to you. Like the goat slowly but surely and against all odds (cold/wind/snow) you must climb towards the top of the mountain.The first part of your life has been a long and painful struggle but Saturn will reward you by giving you a long life and a well-deserved position. You will appreciate old age and solid financial security. You may also marry a much younger or older partner. The fluctuations of the Moon strongly affect your mood and career success. The wise Capricorn soul will use his fish tail accordingly and synchronize his life and business with the tides. Steadiness, organization, patience, and charm belong to you. You have a strong architectural or mathematical ability and your keen sense of observation will help you succeed in life.Karmic Saturn will exact payment for manipulating others for selfish ends and will throw the soul back to a painful start. You are attracted to power and successful people and you may marry into wealth. Emotional and sensitive, you are very responsible and protective of the family circle. However you must learn to openly communicate your deep feelings. Your real gifts are Astropsychology, electronics, and any career supported by Uncle Sam. Your natal Dragon can propel you to the highest position and supreme power. But your challenge is to open up to the intangible world of the spirit and its accompanying Universal rules. Your natural tendency to organize people and business at all times could hinder your sensitivity to others. Capricorns are good homemakers and adept with investments. As a rule you favor a successful business environment where you can apply your tremendous organizational gifts. A word of caution for Capricorn: Be aware of those wild acquaintances willing to help you to climb the ladder of success. Remember to respect the Universal Law (see Moon Power), as your awareness of Moon planning will become a major contribution for happiness and success. The location of your natal Dragon's Head or Tail will seriously alter the strength or weakness of Saturn in your chart. (See Nostradamus Dragon Forecast for more information). You can learn much more about yourself or anyone else by ordering my new book entitled "I Know All About You", "The Power Of The Dragon" or "And God Created The Stars".

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Free Screening and Dental Care: 2009 Capital City Give Kids A Smile

This morning I am participating in Charleston's Give Kid's a Smile Day, part of National Childrens Health Month, for the second year. Last year was a very enjoyable and rewarding experiance, and I am looking forward to it again today.

If you or someone you know has a child without dental insurance, I would encourage participation in this FUN, safe, FREE event - aimed at providing dental care for children ages 4-12 without insurance and promoting oral health education.

Capital City Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) invites all West Virginia families with children who do not have dental insurance to attend a free dental care event. Pre-screening will take place THIS SATURDAY,January 24, 2009 at The Bible Center Curch at South Ridge and free dental care will be provided February 27, 2009 at the Dental Division of CAMC.

Visit http://www.gkaswv.com/ for details or call 304-993-2205.

Fenton Glass - Dave Fetty Currently Available on Ebay

8'' Dave Fetty Blue Mosaic VaseUsing black glass and multi-colored frit (including Fenton's Sky Blue), master glass artisan Dave Fetty has created a remarkable Vase (8" tall). Note the yellow, green, tan and dark red colors in each piece. The Vase has a hand-applied black glass foot. This piece is embossed with Dave's personal stamp and is personally signed by Dave, too ("Dave Fetty '07").
4 1/2" Dave Fetty Blue Mosaic Egg
Using the same black glass and multi-colored frit as the Blue Mosaic Vase Dave has created a remarkable egg to match the Vase. This piece is embossed with Dave's personal stamp and is personally signed by Dave also.
12" Dave Fetty Blue Mosaic Vase
Using the same black glass and multi-colored frit as the vase and egg. Dave Fetty has created this hard to find Vase. It was found in a special room especially for dealers when Fenton announced they were closing. It was one of the last production items at that time. It is embossed with Dave's personal stamp and personally signed as well.
All 3 items are free of cracks or chips. You are getting a magnificent collection by one of Fenton's Amazing Artists.
A skilled glassworker, Dave Fetty retired in 1999 after more than 40 years in the glass industry. Dave came to Fenton in 1964 after learning the trade in Milton, WV, at the Blenko Glass Company, where he began as a carrying-in boy when he was 19. Dave's mentor at Blenko was glassworker "Shorty" Finley, who taught Dave many of the skills needed to make glass off-hand (without moulds). Even after his "official" retirement, Dave has continued to contribute to Fenton. Never at a loss for ideas, Dave handcrafts limited editions of off-hand pieces based on his mood and inspiration.

Coins and Art Glass
Maintained by:
donmike ( 258
This is the seller I don't know how to do a link - hope this helps you find the items. hjh

Pink Ice Heart - Order Now for V-Day

In a Blenko Glass Newsletter Katie Trippe wrote:


Just in time for Valentine's Day. We are now taking orders for our 902 Heart paperweight in Pink Ice. This will make the perfect gift for that special person. You must order by February 5 to ensure delivery by Valentine's Day.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Larry from Texas Makes Identification

Hillary; I saw that you started posting some of my pictures again. Looks like blogger got you again (they disappeared). Oh Well. I just received a photo for identification to day and thought it might be a good post.
This is the #5929 - L giant decanter ( Tangerine). Husted 1959, design29. Huge extreme design decanter 38" high.
The #5929 is also featured in the 1959 BLENKO catalog in Jonquil.
Sometimes referred to as 5929; balustrade decanter or elaborate profile decanter ("profile decanter" for short) .
Photo and color and permission to post to blog submitted by
Tim and Peggy Floming of Cedar Rapids IA .
Hope everyone enjoys this. Another great piece, not in Texas.
Keep up the good work. I think you are great.
Larry from TX

Boyd Miller WV Glass Artist

Pen/Pencil Holder
Keep your favorite pen (or pencil) handy in this handblown holder. Certain to be a conversation piece, it can also double as a paperweight. From artisan Boyd Miller. Although available in several colors, this picture shows a milky blue and a rich purple. If you desire a particular color, please call 1-88 TAMARACK to check availability and place an order. Affordable Art ! http://www.tamarckwv.com/


Today I started thinking about Tamarack - This is a Center for the Arts and Crafts of WV located near Beckly West Virginia off Interstate I-77 it was created under Governor Caperton. Tamarack has examples of the BEST very Best of all West Virginia Arts. My thoughts were of Tamarack I was putting away a Goebel print of Tamarack that someone had gifted my Mom several years ago . We had failed to get the print framed and needed to properly store it. The building is beautiful - the building alone - is worth the drive to Tamarack. If Goebel prints of the building are still available I'd recommend purchasing a Goebel print.
Tamarack has examples of BLENKO, Osburn Glass, Fenton, and every small glass maker of note in West Virginia. All other arts and crafts are represented. IF you have only one day to visit West Virginia. GO TO TAMARACK! Then decide after viewing everything - what you what to come back to see!

Mission Statement: “The mission of the Tamarack Foundation is to advocate and expand artisan entrepreneurship in order to create a vibrant economy for West Virginia. We do this by developing and training artists and artisans providing them with business development skills, exploring new markets, communicating success stories and raising funds to promote these efforts. The Foundation celebrates West Virginia’s cultural heritage in the context of Tamarack’s brand of excellence.”

A Taste of West Virginia - Is an ongoing event at Tamarack - my own family drives down often on weekends for lunch. The foodcourt has unique regional dishes. Where else can one have food from the GREENBRIER at affordable prices?
A celebration of regional cuisine, A Taste of West Virginia food court, managed by The Greenbrier, features breakfast, grille and deli menu items to entice every appetite. Traditional menu items and unexpected pleasures make in-house dining and off-site catering, as well as meetings and themed functions, a memorable and delectable dining occasion.
Daily specials such as Tamarack’s Tuna Melt or Chicken Pot Pie, contrasted to complex plated dishes of West Virginia Rainbow Trout with Lemon Brown Butter and Braised Beef Sirloin with Sweet Onion Jus, showcase the talents of a well-trained culinary staff. West Virginia-made jams and jellies, salad dressings and mustards, and locally grown trout and catfish are incorporated into daily menus. You also won't want to miss Tamarack's Country Breakfast.
Behind the scenes, A Taste of West Virginia serves positive economic impact into Tamarack’s operational plate. A full-service conference center, catering off-site, and award winning participation in area events and competitions demonstrate the vitality of The Greenbrier’s partnership with Tamarack . www.tamarackwv.com

Osburn Modern Glass - Milton, WVa

"Window Orange" Vase
This uniquely designed vase will add a splash of color and style to any room. Handcrafted by Osburn Modern Glass. Price less than $300. Exclusively at Tamarack www.tamarackwv.com

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Fenton Glass A West Virginia Glass Factory - Dave Fetty

You probably know the BLENKO CONNECTION between Fenton's Dave Fetty and Shorty Finley. They remain life long friends, and even today speak on the phone every few weeks.

A friend sent this Fenton Fish made by Dave Fetty that is available on Ebay for $145 at the time he sent the fish. (maybe sold by now) - Great Fish and wonderful Fenton item. We welcome your photos of West Virginia glass and your stories or memories of West Virginia glass.

Master Craftsman Dave Fetty created this beautiful off-hand free standing fish in 2003. It is 9" long and 5" tall. It has been signed with 2003 by Dave Fetty and features his personal stamp. It is free of cracks and chips.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Texas Trade Center Dallas - Blenko Glass Part 1

If you are looking for a reason to visit TEXAS make that DALLAS Texas. Larry from Serenity Glass is sending a dozen photos that will be tempting you to take that trip. I'm a JFK buff so I'd love a trip to Dallas for multiple reasons, glass is very near the top! The photos are beautiful and we'll publish them for the next 2 or 3 days - unless blogger acts up - and you (as has been the case recently) get 3 post a day. hjh

Hillary; In response to the question as to why Texas has so much BLENKO.I was at the World Trade Center in Dallas yesterday. Hear is a sampling ot the BLENKO display at Donald Mc Evoy and Associates showroom, Blenko has been displayed here for many years. Retailers from all over the southwest are able to see a nice variety of Blenko. Attached are some photos to use ifyou wish.ps not my normal quality, bad lighting and not much tim to re arrange. Thanks. larry from TX(larry@serenityantiques.com)

1 Million People In an Intimate Event - Obama Inaguration!

If you didn't watch the swearing in - click on these links for a review - then either find yourself a party for tonight. Or watch TV Coverage of this Historic Event.

1 million people in an intimate event - OBAMA Inauguration!

Inauguration Day 2009 News and Events Coverage - news.aol.com
Inauguration Schedule
Inauguration Festivities in DC
Inauguration Performers
The Obama Presidency
Spin, Rumors and Opinions
The Obama Watch
More Inauguration News
One of our most popular December post was a Christmas Tree from Chicago home of Tammy Kosla featuring as ornaments Political buttons for OBAMA and our own Joe Manchin.
TOMORROW GO TO BLENKO - BUY GLASS - Help the Local Economy!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Everyday Heros - Mike Euler

This post is about my friend Mike Euler. Mike was involved in a life altering accident - the accident happen right after college. Mike had just began his engineering career. The prayers of many people were answered as Mike daily grew stronger and his determination to live and have a life never faltered. People talk about West Virginia values and WV families - The Euler family is an example of a great W.Va. family.

This family stays positive, together, focused and always working and walking on God's path. Many people myself included complain daily about going to the gym, find excuses not to go etc. Mike is in a chair. He has very poor hearing, yet daily he goes off to work and he goes routinely to the gym. He also goes regularly to church.

No excuses is the rule Mike lives by.

He'd be embarassed by this post. But he is a special Man, and a special friend to me and my family!

His Mom had the following to say about him in her Holiday Newsletter.
I'm hoping we can get Mike involved in BLenko Collecting! He needs a more colorful activity than hunting Bambi's. Add Mike to your prayer list - if you keep such a thing, or just add your positive comments for Mike to read.

"Mike is doing really well, too. He is amazing. I think what an amazing guy he is. He never gives up. He is still working everyday, lifting weights around 2 or 3 times a week, gets his own groceries, takes care of getting his medicines, does his own daily care, and goes to church every Sunday with us. We talk to him at least once or twice every day. When I look back, it scares me, but then I think what a miracle we have. He has problems keeping the hearing tuned, but we think it is a little better right now. We keep praying that it will get better. Of course, it is all medical science, since he has no real hearing. Isn't that amazing? It still blows my mind that they can make a deaf ear hear. He has a lot of hip pain. We would appreciate your prayers that something can be done for the hip pain and that his hearing will continue to improve. Of course, he is still after everyone to find him a wife. He didn’t get a deer this year; waited too long for “Mr. Big” who didn’t come by but he enjoyed the hunting. "

Manchin's Inaguration Celebration

Its no secret that I am a major fan of Gov Joe and Gayle Manchin. My friends sometimes say I think " they walk on water" and I don't deny the statement.
Yesterday Gov. Joe Manchin was sworn in for a 2nd term as Governor of West Virginia. It was a cold day, but the large crowd felt connected to one another and to the Governor and Mrs. Gayle Manchin.
Gov. Joe Manchin continues to be the #1 promoter of West Virginia. He wears his heart on his sleeve and we the people of WVa are his heart!
It was very nice to see Mrs (Senator Jay Rockefeller) in attendance and looking radiant and beautiful. The day was cold but bright with hope for the future.
The night was beautiful and again devoted totally to the beauty of our state. On the web you'll find galleries of photos.
My favorite site is: http://wowktv.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=50283

Monday, January 19, 2009

Your Blenko Memories

We have been asking you to send in your personal stories, memories, and pictures of Blenko Glass to share.
The following was sent in by a long time friend, artist
Glen Brogan.

"First I need to confess that I am a collector of many things, but glassware has yet to be something that adorns the shelves of my apartment. I’m writing this because it’s a story that means something to me and also happens to have a tie to Blenko Glass.

A year or two ago my friend Kyle’s grandmother passed away. Sometime afterwords Kyle moved into her house since it was left in his family's possession. I helped him get the house in order for his transition into living there, and as we were rearranging furniture I noticed and took interest in a smoky glass globe filled with matchbooks from different places around WV and beyond. As a graphic designer I have always liked the simple logos and illustrations printed on matchbooks, and I have even used them as imagery in my illustrations from time to time, but unfortunately they were never something I had thought to collect. Kyle’s grandmother, however, must have thought to take one from just about every place she visited because the globe was nearly filled to the top. As payment for helping him with the house, Kyle gave me the globe and matchbook collection.

My own grandmother passed away in October, and having now experienced for myself the difficult task of dividing up a passed loved one's possessions, I realize just how hard it is to let go of any relic from their life; not to mention one that must have taken years to assemble and tells a story of places visited and events witnessed. (There were numerous concert tickets in the globe as well.) It wasn’t until I brought the globe home that I noticed the small “Blenko Handcraft” sticker on the side. I never met Kyle’s grandmother, and I wonder what the matchbooks and glass piece meant to her. Maybe she would laugh that somebody would even want it, or maybe she would be puzzled that a person she never met now owns it. The glass looks old, though I guess it’s possible that she had acquired it recently to hold all the matchbooks, or dug it out of the garage.

I wonder the same thing about the items that I took from my own grandmother’s house after she was gone, and even about the things that she gave me while she was alive. I suppose my point in telling this story is that sometimes things you don't expect end up meaning something to you, and you'll never know what your own possessions will mean to the next person who owns them, even if they are just things like a dusty old glass bowl.

For my part I’ve been adding matchbooks to the collection.


Please continue to send in your Blenko photos and stories to share with Heart of Glass!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Reminder! Heart of Glass Needs Your Photos and Blenko Memories

send to theblenkoproject@aol.com

Blenko in Hollywood


The last photo for tonight…Blenko in Los Angeles. Actually, my office is in Hollywood, but from my window, I can see the city skyline. It’s a great view at sunrise. Thought you might like to see both my “office glass” and my view.

Feel free to share with the bloggers,


Where does your Blenko live?

Saturday, January 17, 2009

What's New for 2009?

For more information, to order or for color info check out www.blenkoglass.com

At Blenko many things will be NEW! Some new items in the 2009 are already OUT and being made. You can view these on the http://www.blenkoglass.com/ website. Web goddess Terri keeps the website current. The website often has a $5.00 off coupon and many times has unadvertised special items.

#9011 swirl decanter and more from Diane!


The #9011 swirl decanter (designed by Hank Adams) in plum and crystal is my latest local find. I had thought it was black until I got it home and checked the catalog. The dark plum was only made in 1990. Way cool. I’ve done VERY well in my local antique malls.

The attached are pieces I found in Palmdale – high desert California, 60 miles from downtown Los Angeles. 963 pitcher in charcoal, 5431 bowl in jonquil, 5611 pitcher in charcoal (it’s the tall one among the shorter 555 cocktail pitchers), a 6955 decanter in lemon, a 7327 milk can in olive, and shock of shocks, the 4-RE Regal pitcher (second shelf from the top on the left in the group picture).

Hope the bloggers enjoy the photos!


Friday, January 16, 2009

Winter Blues? Think Gardening Think Blenko Brick!

In the bins outside the Visitor Center - gift shop doors are Brick they are currently marked down to $8.00 . You will never again find these all purpose colorful brick at this price. The selection of colors is remarkable. The selection won't last long. You'll want to make a trip to Blenko Glass www.blenkoglass.com I-64 Milton, W.Va. to purchase. photo of Blenko Glass at Visitors Center in Milton
Blenko Glass Company, Inc. has expanded their line of architectural glass products to include two sizes of glass bricks and two sizes of glass tiles. Blenko continues to produce Dalle de Verre (slab glass), hand-blown sheet glass, and hand-spun rondels as part of the architectural/antique product line catering to the stained glass industry.

Turquoise # 653 and Chestnut # 6530-S

More items to add to your " I want that!" list.
Turquoise #653 and a Chestnut #6530-S.